Mindfulness and Meditation Resources

I’ve received several requests for mindfulness and meditation resources.  I got into meditation several months ago, and it’s now a big part of my life.  Just like I look to running or cycling for physical training, mindfulness and meditation are great ways to relax and stretch our minds.

I spend most of my time listening to Dharma talks and following guided meditations.  Dharma talks are typically 60-minute talks that are about self, subjects ranging from fear to death to love and joy.

A huge repository of dharma talks are available here: dharmaseed.org.  Click on “talks” and either view the most recent talks (there’s an RSS feed, too), or search for things like “forgiveness” or “difficulty” or “love,” whatever you’re interested in hearing.  These are talks about life and self, and they’re very interesting perspectives.  They are not meditations.

There are good, free guided meditations at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.  Jack Kornfield has wonderful guided meditations for sale, too.  I very much enjoy meditations on loving kindness, forgiveness, breathing, awareness, joy, and working with difficulties.

What I tend to do is meditate 2-3 times per week, for anywhere from 5-45 minutes each.  I listen to a Dharma talks on the bus, car ride, or while working out.  The Dharma talks provide the perspective, and the meditations are like lifting mind weights that produce happiness instead of big muscles.